Mark Bridger convicted of April Jones murder

30/05/2013

Mark Bridger has been convicted of the murder of five-year-old April Jones, after a trial at Mold Crown Court.

After a month-long trial, the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on charges of murder, child abduction and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

April's disappearance in Machynlleth last October sparked one of the largest searches in British policing history.

Speaking after the verdict Ed Beltrami, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said:

"We welcome today's verdict, which brings to a close a difficult and challenging criminal trial process.

"Ever since his first interview with police in October last year, Mark Bridger has relentlessly spun a web of lies and half truths in order to try and distance himself from the truly horrific nature of the crime he perpetrated. He has refused to take responsibility for what he did to April and has stopped at nothing to try and cover his tracks.

"Despite his best efforts to evade justice, he has been brought to account by a highly professional investigation by Dyfed Powys Police, coupled with the diligence and hard work of the prosecution team. Working together, we have been able to comprehensively dismantle Bridger's version of events and expose him as a violent, cold-hearted murderer and a calculating liar.

"I would like to record our thanks to everyone who supported the prosecution of this case. Everyone who has provided a statement to police or given evidence in court has played their part in today's verdict.

"At the very heart of this case are April's family, who have been through - and continue to go through - an ordeal of appalling magnitude. They have conducted themselves with a humbling dignity throughout the criminal trial process.

"We can only hope that today's verdict will be of some help to them as they continue to try and come to terms with the loss of April."